They say experience is the best teacher. And if the best teachers come from the world of experience, then professor Grant Fausey is at the top.
The Lycoming College film professor worked in Hollywood for 30 years before returning to his hometown of Williamsport with his wife to be closer to their aging mothers.
Before putting on the professor hat, Fausey wore many others.
While pursuing his bachelor's degree at The University of Southern California, he was invited to work for Van der Veer Photo Effects, a visual effects company in Burbank. Fausey worked on approximately 20 films during his time with Van der Veer, including "Back to the Future" II and III.
He went on to become a production designer for the film "A.P.E.X." After working on the film together, he partnered with fellow production designer Blake Jackson to create their own production company.
He then went to work for a television station in Antelope Valley directing shows and commercials.
Fausey had his first taste of teaching while still living in California.
"While I was getting my master's degree, I had the opportunity to take the place of a teacher who was on sabbatical, so I got to be a T.A., a teaching instructor. She was gone for a lot of the 15 weeks, I think like 10 of them. She came back and critiqued me and the class liked me so much as a teacher that they asked me what class I was going to be teaching next semester," Fausey said.
Fausey left California, but said that his teaching experience was a lot of fun.
"I enjoyed teaching and telling people what I know and seeing their reaction to the things that they create," he said.
When Fausey returned to Pennsylvania, he was surprised to see a job opening for a film professor at Lycoming College and jumped at the chance.
In the spring, he started as the adviser for the student-run film company Crossing the Frames Productions. This fall is his first semester teaching classes.
Currently, he is working to implement webisodes in the Crossing the Frames curriculum.
"The idea that we're doing is that we're creating a story arc that will last over several episodes and each episode is independent or a standalone versus the overall arc of the story. The webisodes are a way of us compiling something that can be put out on a DVD," Fausey said.
The company's hope is that the webisodes will be available for distribution and possibly could return some capital to their funds for future endeavors.
Fausey is working with digital communications department chair Professor Leah Peterson and other college officials to make the webisodes a possibility.
Above all, Fausey wants to give his students practical experience in film and a background they can use to pursue a film career in the future.
"Crossing the Frames has the potential to be, depending on the student body and how geared they are toward knowledge, it becomes an opportunity as a group that may go on to work some other time. You continue to work in groups, that's the way Hollywood works," he said.
"That's what we're doing with Crossing the Frames right now. This is its infant time with me at the helm as the adviser and a really, really strong group of people that are really interested in doing what they're doing, so I'm very excited about that. The producers are all doing well, they're all beginning to understand what there job is, the crews are being assembled. Our first official meeting ... went very well with a lot of people volunteering to do things and to bring other people in, which I thought was terrific," he added.
So far, things are going well in the classroom, too.
"They're showing up for class, which I thought was kind of cool," Fausey joked. "The students are learning and they're responding to me, which I really like. They've taken on a personality, as a group, which I think is fun."
Outside of the classroom, Fausey keeps up with his artistic talents. He builds miniature sets, writes his own short stories, has a published novel series, "Of Crimson and Indigo", and writes screenplays.
He has four children, one grandchild and one grandchild on the way.